Short Circuit 285 | Searching for Something
A whole lot of searching going on this week. First, Scott Regan of IJ reports on a Ninth Circuit opinion involving, among other things, an iCloud account. How does the Fourth Amendment apply to the gazillions of pieces of data stored on our phones? It depends on what the officers are searching for, and their searches. Then, in a very different search, a DC police officer asks a guy to show his waistband. Twice. And then the guy runs and throws a gun in the bushes. Were the officer’s requests seizures? Searches? Unreasonable? The evidence is suppressed but the judges disagree on a few things. Your host reports on this case from the DC Circuit.